Oil prices rose on Monday after a halt to oil exports from Iraqi Kurdistan via Turkey and moves to contain a potential banking crisis that could have hit demand for crude.
Brent crude futures were up $1.16, or 1.6%, at $76.15 a barrel by 1210 GMT. West Texas Intermediate US crude rose $1.19, or 1.7%, to $70.45.
Brent gained 2.8% last week while WTI rebounded by 3.8% as jitters in the banking sector eased.
About half a percent of global oil supply, or 450,000bpd, of crude exports from Kurdistan stopped on Saturday after a victory in an arbitration case confirmed Baghdad’s consent was needed to ship the oil from Turkey.
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Oil prices also drew support from Putin’s plans to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2023.
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